Iztok Kovač

The choreographer, teacher and dancer Iztok Kovač in 1990s virtually out of nothing established the notion of the Slovene contemporary dance in the cultural space of Europe and beyond. In 1993 he established the international dance company En-Knap in Leuven, Belgium, under the wings of Klapstuk Festival; a year later the group moved its headquarters to Ljubljana, where he established EN-KNAP Productions. After 14 years of project-based work, in 2007 Kovač founded the international dance company EnKnapGroup, the first permanent ensemble for contemporary dance in Slovenia, thus beginning working on a repertory basis. Two years later EN-KNAP Productions was entrusted the management of the Španski Borci Cultural Centre in Ljubljana, where Iztok Kovač is the artistic director, and programmer of the domestic and international programme. In addition to 34 own projects, artistic direction and pedagogical work, his opus includes also six dance films. In 22 years, his EN-KNAP has introduced and established its own esthetics inside the European space and formed its trademark, into which many acclaimed coproducers have invested from the outset. For his work, Iztok Kovač has received prominent domestic and international awards.
 

Stage choreographies

Wind, Sand and Stars
production: Anton Podbevšek Teater Novo Mesto, in coproduction with EN-KNAP
premiere: 20/11/2015, ATP Novo Mesto, 4 performers

Falcon!
(with Janez Janša)
production: EN-KNAP, in coproduction with Maska Ljubljana
premiere: 30/09/2013, 2 performers

OTTETTO (8 Swings for His Highness)
produced by: EN-KNAP
premiere: 23/10/2012, Španski Borci, Ljubljana, 14 performers

Requiem
produced by: Mestno Gledališče Ljubljansko
premiere: 10/11/2011, Mestno Gledališče Ljubljansko, Ljubljana, 12 performers

S.K.I.N. – EKG
produced by: EN-KNAP
premiere: 10/3/2011, Španski Borci, Ljubljana, 6 performers

Child in Time
produced by: Oldenburgisches Staatstheater / Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg (D)
premiere: 04/3/2011, Exerzierhalle, Oldenburg (D), 8 performers

Beware, Dance!
produced by: EN-KNAP
premiere: 12/ 5/ 2010, Španski Borci, Ljubljana, 6 performers

10 MIN – Way Home
produced by: EN-KNAP, in coproduction with: ZPA Zagreb, SNG Maribor, APT Novo Mesto, Workshop Foundation Budimpešta
premiera: 25/ 11/ 2010, Španski Borci, Ljubljana, 6 performers

My Kingdom for a Horse
produced by EN-KNAP
in co-production with Cankarjev Dom (SLO)
premiere: 16/ 9/ 2008, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana (SLO), 13 performers

Celebration
produced by EN-KNAP
premiere: 27/ 9/ 2007, Stara elektrarna, Ljubljana (SLO), 5 performers

Masters of Time
produced by Slovene National Ballet, SNG Maribor
in co-production with Cankarjev Dom (SLO) and EN-KNAP
premiere: 13/ 4/ 2007, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana (SLO), 14 performers

Solitaire
produced by EN-KNAP and Zagreb Dance Company (CRO)
in co-production with Cankarjev Dom (SLO) and Zagreb Youth Theatre (CRO)
premiere: 22/ 4/ 2006, Zagreb Youth Theatre, Zagreb (CRO), 8 performers

Avant premieres 2005
produced by CNDC – Angers (F)
premiere: 13/ 4/2005, Grand Theatre d’Angers (F), 14 performers

Mozart– hype as I wanna be
produced by EN-KNAP
in co-production with Cankarjev Dom (SLO)
premiere: 11/ 2/ 2005, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana (SLO), 6 performers

Endless
produced by EN-KNAP
in co-production with LDP (S/ Korea), La Filature Molhouse (F), Cankarjev Dom (SLO)
premiere: 10/ 12/ 2004, La Filature, Molhouse (F), 12 performers

Dialogues 04
produced by: Sasha Waltz & Guests
premiere: 17/ 9/ 2004, Volkspalast, Berlin (D), 7 performers

S.K.I.N.
produced by EN-KNAP
in co-production with Muza Dance Company (ISR) and Cankarjev Dom (SLO)
premiere: 2/ 11/ 2003, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana (SLO), 7 performers

Throw of the Dice
produced by EN-KNAP
in co-production with Cankarjev Dom (SLO)
premiere: 5/ 4/ 2003, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana (SLO), 65 performerS

Play on String
produced by LDP (S. Korea)
premiere: 26/ 4/ 2002, Munye Theater, Seoul, (S. Korea), 12 performers

Hu Die
produced by EN-KNAP
in collaboration with Joint Adventures (D)
in co-production with Luzerntanz Am Luzerntheater (CH)
premiere: 5/ 12/ 2001, Gasteig, München (D), 12 performers

The Perfect Step?
produced by EN-KNAP
in co-production with Szene Salzburg (A), Tanz Bremen 2001 (D)
premiere: 1/ 2/ 2001, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana (SLO), 7 performers

Emanatio Protei
produced by EN-KNAP
in co-production with ZKM Karlsruhe (D), Experimental Studio of Heinrich Strobel Foundation of Southwest Radio Freiburg (D) and Physical Recall Dance Company (GB)
premiere: 22/ 2/ 2000, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana (SLO), 12 performers

Far from Sleeping Dogs
produced by EN-KNAP
in co-production with Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm (D), Szene Salzburg (A), Hebbel-Theater (D)
premiere: 15/ 4/ 1999, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt/Main (D), 5 performers

Hamsin ’98
produced by Batsheva Dance Company (ISR)
premiere: 14/ 5/ 1998, Suzanne Dellal Theatre, Tel Aviv (ISR), 8 performers

Codes of Cobra
produced by EN-KNAP
in co-production with Springdance (NL), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (B), Hebbel-Theater (D), Kunsterlerhaus Mousonturm (D), The European Network for the Research of Contemporary Dance Production
premiere: 19/ 4/ 1997, Springdance Festival, Utrecht (NL), 6 performers

Sting and String - first touch
produced by EN-KNAP
in co-production with Podewil/Tanzwerkstatt (D), The Place Theatre (GB)
premiere: 13/ 1/ 1996, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana (SLO), 6 performers

Spread Your Wings (you clumsy Elephant)
produced by Klapstuk festival
in co-production with Inart (SLO); CNDC-L’Equisse, Angers (F), Podewil/Tanzwerkstatt (D)
premiere: 12/ 11/ 1993, Klapstuk Festival, Leuven (B), 6 performers

How I Caught a Falcon
self production, premiere: 8/ 2/ 1991, Dom Svobode, Trbovlje (SLO), solo

Wish you good luck
produced by Dance Theatre Ljubljana (SLO)
premiere: 1991, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana (SLO), 6 performers

Movens
produced by Glej Theatre (SLO)
premiere: 1990, Glej Theatre, Ljubljana (SLO), 9 performers

Little Wonderhood in the Red Country
produced by Intakt (SLO)
premiere: 1988, SNG Drama, Ljubljana (SLO), 3 performers

Everything you knew about yourself but have forgotten
produced by ZKO Kranj (SLO),
premiere: 1988, PG Kranj, (SLO), 23 performers

Films and video work based on his choreographies

Vašhava
DCP, 25 min, directed by Sašo Podgoršek, production: EN-KNAP
financially supported by Slovenian Film Fund, premiere 2014

Under Their Skin
video, 50 min, directed by Vlado Škafar, production: EN-KNAP,
coproduction: Zavod Otok, financially supported by Slovenian Film Fund, premiere:2006

What are you going to do when you get out of here?
film-35 mm, 52 min, directed by Sašo Podgoršek, production: EN-KNAP,
co-production: TV Slovenija, financially supported by Slovenian Film Fund, premiere:2005

From Falcon to Film Diva
video, 20 min, directed by Sašo Podgoršek, production: EN-KNAP,
co-production, TV Slovenija, premiere 2003

Taming the Time
film-S8/video, 18 min, directed by Dan Oki, production: EN-KNAP,
co-production, TV Slovenija, financially supported by Slovenian Film Fund, premiere 2002

Dom Svobode
film-35mm, 30 min, directed by: Sašo Podgoršek, production: EN-KNAP,
co-production: TV Slovenija, financially supported by Slovenian Film Fund, premiere 2000

Dokument Svobode
video, 16 min, directed by Sašo Podgoršek, production: EN-KNAP,
co-production: TV Slovenija, premiere 2000

Far From Sleeping Dogs
video, 60 min, directed by: Sašo Podgoršek, production: EN-KNAP,
co-production: TV Slovenija, on Vinko Globokar, premiere 1999

En-Knap Open
film-16mm, 8 min, directed by: Sašo Podgoršek, production: EN-KNAP,
co-production: TV Slovenija, part of performance Codes of Cobra, premiere 1996

Vertigo Bird
film-S16mm, 33 min, directed by: Sašo Podgoršek, production: EN-KNAP,
co-production: TV Slovenija, financially supported by Slovenian Film Fund, premiere 1996

En-Knap – More Bodies
video, 13 min, directed by: Sašo Podgoršek, production: EN-KNAP,
co-production: TV Slovenija, premiere 1996

Narava Beso
film-16mm, 19 min, directed by: Iztok Kovač, Patrick Otten, production: EN-KNAP,
co-production: TV Slovenija, BRTN Belgium, premiere 1995

How I Caught a Falcon
video, 10 min, directed by Jan Zakonjšek, production: TV Slovenija, premiere 1993

How I Caught a Falcon
film-16mm, 10 min, directed by Tony Knox, production: Channel 4, LWT GB, premiere 1993

 

Awards

London Dance and Performance Award, 1993 (London, Great Britain)
Awarded for solo “How I Caught a Falcon” by Time Out Magazine. This award for visiting artists in 1993 was also given to Merce Cunningham and Ron Vawter (Wooster Group).

Grand Prix International Video Dance ,1994 (Stockholm, Sweden)
Jury�s special award for the video “How I Caught a Falcon”.

"Prešeren Fundation Award", 1994 (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Granted for the choreography and interpretation of “How I Caught a Falcon” and “Spread Your Wings (you clumsy Elephant)”. These is the highest national award in the field of arts, chosen and granted by the Ministry of Culture.

Suzanne Dellal International Dance Competition, 1996 (Tel Aviv, Israel)
First prize for the best choreography for performance “Sting and String - first touch”.


"Tončka Čeč Award", 1997 (Trbovlje, Slovenia)
Granted for accomplishments in the fields of arts and culture.

Art Film International Festival , 1997 ( Trenčianske Teplice, Slovakia)
Award of the Mayor of Trenčin for the film “Vertigo Bird”.

6th Slovenian Film Marathon, 1997 ( Portorož, Slovenia)
Best Slovene film of the year. Award to the authors of the film “Vertigo Bird”.

Grand Prix International Video Dance,1997 (Stockholm, Sweden)
First prize in the Video Dance category for the film “Narava Beso”.

Springdance Cinema Award, 1998 (Utrecht, Nederland)
Special Jury Announcement for the film “Vertigo Bird”.

3rd Slovenian Film Festival, 2000 ( Portorož, Slovenia)
Award for best editing for film “Dom Svobode”.

Art Film International Festival, 2000 ( Trenčianske Teplice, Slovakia)
Golden Key - award for the best artistic film for the film “Dom Svobode”.

8th Slovenian Film Festival, 2005 (Portorož, Slovenia)
Award for Best Medium-Length Film,
Special Achievement Award for the best Editing,
Kodak Award for Best Cinematography
for film “What Are You Going To Do When You Get Out Of Here?«

Silver plaque award from the Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities,
2006 (Ljubljana, Slovenija)
Granted for extraordinarily achievements in the fields of contemporary dance.

Viktorji 2006 (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Awared for the best documentary of the year, for “What Are You Going To Do When You Get Out Of Here?«

Župančič Award 212 (Ljubljana, Slovenija)
For outstanding creations in the areas of art and culture in the two-year period of 2010-2012.

Important commercial and national ceremonies

Sempler Awards Ceremony, 2013

Župančič Award Ceremony, 2013

Independence and Unity Day, 2009

Španski Borci Cultural Centre Opening, 2009

120 of Electification, Electro Ljubljana, 2007

Statehood Day, 2005

Opening of the Viba Film studio, 2003

Opening of Delo Printing Offices, 1999



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